Netters continue successful season

Drew Veskauf TimesNewspapers
Metamora senior senior Leah TerBush sets up a serve against Morton Sept. 9.

The Metamora varsity volleyball team begun its Mid-Illiini Conference season and had another five-game tournament in Jacksonville. 

At the tourney, the Lady Redbirds were able to push forward go go 3-2.

Metamora at Morton

At Morton in the first M-I match of the season, the Lady Redbirds were victorious, 25-16, 26-24.

“I thought the girls did a really good job passing and our blocking finally stepped it up.

They came through in the end. They like to make things almost to interesting for me sometimes, but they did a good job,” coach Tara Ballard said.

Senior Shannon Kemp’s six kills were aided in the Metamora win along with aces from junior Gillian urycki, seniors Hailey Mueller and Quinn Mathews.

The first set was tied, 11-11, before 

a mis-serve by Morton gave Metamora the set-long lead.

A kill by Urycki put the Lady Redbirds up 19-12 on Morton for the game-high lead.

With Mathews serving, Morton hit out and a block by senior Leah TerBush secured the first-set win.

The Potters then stepped up the kill action and blocks against Metamora in the second set.

Although a 2-1 lead was the only lead for Morton in the set, they were not far behind, trailing by a couple points to the end of the match.

“I felt like we recovered pretty well for the most part and we got smarter about trying to mix up our shots,” Ballard said.

After a dink by junior Elysa Smith was good, Metamora was able to gain a 17-13 lead but three consecutive kills by Morton tied it, 18-18.

For the win, two Morton errors occurred to seal the deal.

Metamora v. Washington

The Lady Redbirds earned another M-I win over Washington, 25-23, 25-19, in the home opener Thursday.

Urycki led Metamora with six kills and eight digs. 

Harman and Hanchett closed out with nine assists and Gruden had two blocks.

Jacksonville Tourney

At Jacksonville, the Lady Redbirds went 3-2 Saturday.

Against Routt, Metamora won, 25-9, 25-10. Urycki led with seven kills and 10 aces. Hanchett was there for support with 11 assists.

In the second match against Lovejoy, the Lady Redbirds had another win in just two sets and only allowed 15 points overalll, 25-5, 25-10.

TerBush and Klein both at five kills. DeLuca and May had five aces apiece.

In a three-set battle with West Prince, Metamora fell in the third match, 21-25, 25-14, 12-15.

Urycki had 10 kills and two aces with TerBush finishing with two aces as well.

In its second match against Routt, the Lady Redbirds earned another win in two sets, 25-13, 25-11. Urycki had another successful match with 10 kills and four aces.

In the final match of the tourney, Metamora fell to Rochester in three sets, 25-15, 20-25, 13-15. Despite Urycki’s 14 kills and Klein’s 10, the Lady Redbirds came up short. Hanchett had a tourney-high 19 assists.